“Women Like Hunting Witches Too”: An Electoral Study on Women’s Sexism

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2022
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Lowe, Blakely
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Sexism is pervasive. Many studies look at how paternalistic or patriarchal norms affect male views and behavior of females. In this study, I examine how those norms affect female behavior by examining the effect of gender on Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. I ask, “Why did female voters vote for Donald Trump?” Or, spun differently, “Why did female voters vote against Hillary Clinton?” After controlling for the “usual suspects” (e.g., party identification, ideology, etc.), I find that women who were not in the work force were significantly more likely to vote against Hillary Clinton. I theorize that these women harbored sexist views against Clinton—that the concept of another female in the White House was too disruptive and foreign to tolerate.

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